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WINTER, HAROLD EDWARD (14 Oct. 1908-22 July 1976), a writer, and his wife, THELMA FRAZIER (17 Dec. 1908-24 June 1977), a sculptor, were both enamelists who studied at the CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART and married on 21 Dec. 1939. In 1930 Thelma, born in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, daughter of Robert and Ester (Eggenberg) Frazier, went to Ohio State University to study ceramics, then to OSU Medical School to study anatomy. She received her B.C. in education in 1935 from Western Reserve University. Edward, born in Pasadena, Calif., to John Edward and Lila (Deveny) Winter, studied in Vienna, Austria. Although both taught, Edward at the Institute of Art (1935-37) and Old White Art Colony in West Virginia, and Thelma at LAUREL SCHOOL, the Institute of Art, and CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, the Winters were primarily artists. Edward wrote Enamel Art on Metals, Enameling for Beginners, and Enamel Painting Techniques as well as many articles. His style and technique were decorative and abstract expressionism in flora and fauna, using foil inlay or transparent and opaque surface copper, steel, silver, and aluminum in his enameling. His work is in the Cleveland and Butler museums of art and New York State's Ceramics Gallery. In 1933 Edward was commissioned by FERRO CORP. to do a series of murals, designing large blue angelfish in porcelain enamel. Edward also drew a special commission in 1944 from the U.S. Army to do educational posters for GIs while serving as a technical sergeant. Thelma's media were stylized sculpture, decorative enamels, and ceramics that were also semiabstract; her work is in the Cleveland and Butler museums of art, the Everson Museum, and WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Her commissions include the Arisen Christ for ST. MARY'S ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH and the Annunciation and Last Supper for the Catholic Diocese. The Winters are buried in LAKE VIEW CEMETERY.

Finding aid for the H. Edward and Thelma Frazier Winter Papers. WRHS.
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 03:26:44 PM

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